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Every New year we set goals. Dreams about winning the lottery, hitting it big in the stock market and losing weight on the new diet are the typical thoughts.

 Beginning with the end in mind is one of the functions of the brain. Brain experts sell lots of books about the imagination. Movies and Amusement Parks are in the “pretend like” business.

A little boy in the third grade in Wapakoneta, Ohio told his teacher that some day he would walk on the moon. Do you remember Neil Armstrong?


In the early 1960s Ohio State had a great golf team. They practiced a bunch and hung out after practice at the 19th hole. It was dark, but one player was still on the 18th hole pretending like he was putting. After he made the imaginary putt, he pretended like Arnold Palmer was helping him put on his Green Coat at the Masters. Remember Jack Nicklaus?


I watched a bit of the Olympic Alpine events this year because one of the Athletes is my No Pain No Gain Hero. She has broken or bruised almost every bone in her body and has been written off as too old and too injured to try again. In an emotional interview she said, “Our family never gives up an I never give up.” 

She was at the top of the course and moved her body as if she was on the run.  She was pretending. She was beginning with the end in mind. She stopped, took a deep breath, leaned back, jammed those poles into the snow and down the sloop she went. She got the Bronze. Lindsey Vonn is considered by many to be the best Alpine Skier of all times.


What has all of this to do with health and wellness? Everything. Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to be healthier in the future than you are right now? Go to the biggest mirror you got. Ask this question.  If I keep on drinking, eating, walking and sleeping like I am right now, where will I be this time next year? Answer the question only to the one in the mirror.

Now begin with the end in mind. One year from now, what do you want to weigh? Here is a hint. Let’s pretend like you weigh 225 right now. Now let’s pretend that you want to weigh 190.


Here is why diets did not work.  The diet seller will say” Lose 35 pounds on our great diet”. Then they flash a bunch of pictures of food, and probably the picture of some skinny gym rat or famous star that is not you.

John and Bob at New Albany Walking Classic
John and Bob at New Albany Walking Classic

Begin with the end in mind. See yourself at 190. What size pants or dress will you be wearing? How do you feel at you dream pretend like weight?


Never talk about losing weight ever again. Pick what you to weigh and SAY IT, DREAM, IT PRETEND IT, and  JUST DO IT .

Be happy and healthy.